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Knee arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy

Also known as minimally invasive (keyhole) knee surgery, a knee arthroscopy allows your Consultant to examine the joint by inserting a camera into a small incision. The procedure is one of the many treatments we offer at Schoen Clinic London, where your Surgeon and our world-class team work together to perform your treatment as quickly and as safely as possible.

Introducing the service

Your Consultant may perform a knee arthroscopy to diagnose a problem such as arthritis or a damaged ligament or cartilage. They may also use the procedure to repair or remove damaged tissue, cartilage, or bone.

Our Surgeons regularly perform this procedure at Schoen Clinic London and you can rest assured we use the latest techniques to achieve the best results. Your Consultant will explain the most expedient course of action for you after your initial consultation.

Our Self-Pay Coordinator will give you an exact price for your surgery following your consultation, as well as help you to understand our flexible payment plans which allow you to spread the cost of treatment if you wish too interest-free.

Who is the ideal knee arthroscopy patient?

If you have limited function or severe pain in one or both knees, you might be a candidate for a knee arthroscopy. The procedure is minimally invasive (keyhole) and you may benefit from it if non-surgical treatments haven’t helped the degeneration or injury to the joint.

Even though knee arthroscopies are not major surgery, you will need to do some preparation before the procedure. Tell your Consultant about any medications you are on and be aware that you may need to stop taking them for a few days or weeks before the procedure. You will not be able to not eat or drink anything for 6-12 hours before your knee arthroscopy.

Examining your knee

Knee problems such as degenerative wear and tear (Osteoarthritis), a misaligned kneecap (Patella), or a torn meniscus can be debilitating and rob you of your quality of life. A knee arthroscopy allows the Surgeon to diagnose and hopefully repair the problem.

What happens during a knee arthroscopy?

Knee arthroscopies at our world-class hospital usually take between 30 and 45 minutes. Most of the procedures are performed under general anaesthetic, although there may be cases in which local anaesthetic is given instead.

Your Consultant will make 2 or 3 small cuts in your knee and then insert a small camera allowing them to see inside the joint. If fluid needs to be drained away, loose material washed out, or repairs made to a damaged ligament, they will insert tubes and other instruments to perform this. When complete, your Consultant will close the wound with stitches or surgical tape.

Recovery & rehabilitation: knee arthroscopy

You’ll be taken from the operating theatre to the recovery room when your knee arthroscopy is complete, where you’ll be monitored by a nurse until you wake fully from the anaesthetic. In most cases, the procedure is a day case, so you’ll be able to go home once the anaesthetic has worn off and a Physiotherapist has given you some exercises to support your recovery.

You can expect some pain and swelling for the first week after the procedure, but you should return to normal activities within 3 weeks.